Bulgarian Police Claim ‘Theft’ Was Motive for Attack on Syrians
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry believes that “theft” was the motive for the latest brutal attack on Syrian nationals in the capital.
Two Syrian asylum seekers were assaulted by a group of over 20 men armed with knives and chains in Sofia late on Sunday, with local media reporting that a third foreign national escaped the attack.
The victims were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The assailants reportedly stole some BGN 1000 (EUR 500) from the asylum-seekers.
“Criminologists from the Sofia Directorate of the Interior Ministry are working towards identifying the perpetrators of a theft,” an Interior Ministry said in a press release on Monday.
Bulgaria has seen a massive increase in xenophobic attacks over the past few weeks, with recent incidents including the stabbings of an 18-year-old Malian boy and a 17-year-old Syrian national in Sofia.
Last week, Chief Prosecutors requested increased police presence in downtown Sofia in order to prevent the so-called "civil patrols” organized by ultranationalist extremist groups.
The leaders of the "patrols" have claimed they seek to "protect" Sofianites from foreigners.
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This is not intolerance at all, it is the result of unwanted migration to a country that has never asked to be a destination for immigrants. With no police to protect Sofia citizens, and a massive importation of "poor desperate people" what can be expected. People are fed up to see Bulgaria pushed further down and down. This crazy EU sets us up as a dumping ground now for immigrants, who have no useful role in Bulgarian society. How can we be blamed to have civil patrols. In Sofia city centre is only 2 police cars at night on patrol, and in some areas of Sofia, lucky to have one police car on patrol. With no police, who is to protect us?